Ulster, Edinburgh, Connacht and Cardiff Blues claimed wins over Kings, Ospreys, Cheetahs and Zebre in Saturday’s PRO14 action.
Kings 36-43 Ulster
Robbie Diack scored a try with four minutes left on the clock which proved to be the match-winner for Ulster as they won 43-36 in Port Elizabeth.
The home side got off to an excellent start, with Berton Klaasen scoring a try after four minutes before Yaw Penxe added another three minutes later, which Oliver Zono converted, to give them a 12-0 lead before the 10 minute mark.
Sean Reidy hit back for the away side with a try after 19 minutes before Zono landed a penalty to extend the Kings’ lead.
Ulster scored another try through John Andrew before Michael Makase crossed for the Kings’ third. Penxe went from hero to villain when he was sin-binned five minutes before half-time, but the home side didn’t concede before the hooter to secure a 22-10 half-time lead.
Andrew scored again 10 minutes into the second-half before a John Cooney try and conversion levelled the scores at 22-22.
Klaasen got his second try for the Kings next and then Andrew Trimble scored for Ulster, with the scores level again with 10 minutes remaining.
Clive Ross dotted down for Ulster in the 73rd minute to give the away side the lead for the first time in the match before Penxe went in for his second to level scores yet again. Diack though scored a try late on which proved to be the match-winner, securing Ulster a 43-36 win.
Tries: Klaasen 2, Penxe 2, Makase
Cons: Zono 3, Coleman
Yellow Card: Penxe
Tries: Reidy, Andrew 2, Cooney, Trimble, Ross, Diack
Cons: Cooney, Lealiifano 3
Edinburgh 37-10 Ospreys
Edinburgh earned a 37-10 victory over Ospreys in their PRO14 clash at Myreside Stadium on Saturday night.
Jason Tovey starred by scoring a try and landing four conversions and three penalties for the home side.
The away side scored first through a Dimitri Arhip try after 12 minutes of play. Tovey hit back for the home side with a penalty before Sam Davies cancelled it out with one of his own.
Blair Kinghorn scored Edinburgh’s first try in the 29th minute. Brendon Leonard was sin binned for Ospreys before Tovey nailed two more penalties to make the half-time score 16-10 to Edinburgh.
The home side came out all guns blazing for the second, with Nathan Fowles dotting down two minutes after play resumed.
Tovey sealed his solid performance with a try of his own to hand his side a 30-10 lead before Magnus Bradbury went in after the final hooter sounded to secure the home side a 37-10 victory
Tries: Kinghorn, Fowles, Tovey, Bradburt
Cons: Tovey 4
Pens: Tovey 3
Yellow Card: Leonard
Cardiff Blues 37-8 Zebre
Cardiff Blues turned on the style with a comprehensive 37-8 victory over Zebre in PRO14 action at Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday.
Tries from Lloyd Williams, Willis Halaholo, Matthew Rees, Matthew Morgan and Tom James proved too much for Zebre who scored through a sole Guglielmo Palazzani try.
Cardiff Blues took an early 5-0 lead after good line speed in defence initially by Gethin Jenkins forced the turnover and Halaholo passed to Williams who raced 50 metres to dot down. Steve Shingler missed the conversion.
Zebre fly-half Carlo Canna notched a penalty to cut the deficit to two.
Halaholo then got himself in the try column with a trademark step and finish in the far right corner. Shingler extended the lead to 12-3 with the conversion.
Shingler added another two penalties as the Blues took an 18-3 lead in to the interval.
Rees extended the hosts’ lead when he bashed over at the back of a driving maul after a superb Shingler kick found touch on the five-metre line.
The bonus-point try came from full-back Morgan after his one-two with Blaine Scully before James rubbed salt in Zebre wounds when he bashed over for the Blues’ fifth.
Zebre scored a consolation try when Palazzani crossed for the visitors who lost 37-8 in the end.
For Cardiff Blues:
Tries: Williams, Halaholo, Rees, Morgan, James
Cons: Shingler 3
Pens: Shingler 2
Connacht 23-15 Cheetahs
Connacht claimed a hard-fought 23-15 victory despite a late onslaught from the Cheetahs in PRO14 action at the Sportsground on Saturday.
Craig Ronaldson gave Connacht an early 3-0 lead with a penalty
The first try of the game came via good Connacht hands before Niyi Adeolokun made an instant impact upon his return to the starting XV when he got on the outside of opposite number Luther Obi whom he left trailing in his wake. Ronaldson made sure with the conversion as Connacht led 10-0 by the 14-minute mark.
Ronaldson further extended the home side’s lead to 13-0 with another three points from the tee on the half-hour mark.
The Cheetahs’ ball was slow and they were unable to trouble the Connacht defence in the first half except for an Ernst Stapelberg penalty on the half-time whistle as the home side took a 13-3 lead in to the interval.
Connacht’s second try came after some persistent pressure which saw the home side take the ball through numerous phases showing good patience and ball retention as Tom McCartney bashed over from close range. Jack Carty added the extras to make it 20-3 with 50 minutes gone.
The Cheetahs finally showed they are capable of breaching the line when they scored in the 68th minute after good work by Shaun Venter to break his tackle and race in to touch down in the right-hand corner.
A quick tap penalty saw the ball go wide and the Connacht defence caught napping by Makazole Mapimpi who broke the tackle of Gavin Thornbury to dot down in the left-hand corner. Stapelberg added the extras as the Cheetahs cut the deficit to eight at 23-15.
But Connacht held on for a solid victory.
Tries: Venter, Mapimpi
Tries: Adeolokun, McCartney
Cons: Ronaldson, Carty
Pens: Ronaldson 2, Crosbie